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Reviews 1579 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It is a little bit overwhelming, but not terrible.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It can be expensive, but there are a lot of options.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you want to find drugs you can easily do so, but they are not out in the open.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus is reasonably strict; however, as long as you get your work done, you have a lot of freedom in your social life.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: All the buildings are pretty nice and the library is spacious! The athletic center new and they have a great cafe inside for healthy snack options.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Since it is a city campus you get to feel like you're living in a huge city but also feel safe because you know exactly where campus starts and stop.s

2 College Sophomore

Computers: The internet is so bad and slow but having your own computer would be beneficial.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty big and even though most people are not in it, you see it everywhere. It helps makes gwu into a smaller school and helps keep you up on events and helps you find the people most like you at your school.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love everything about GWU except for the weather. There is truly never a dull moment here.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The best places to live are 2400 M and the Avenue. They are clean and very close to campus. They are expensive, but not ridiculous if you plan to live with multiple people.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The biggest thing here is that not only are there gwupd but there are also dc police.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms at GWU are a lot different than most schools. I currently have a microwave, oven, dishwasher, and dining room. Amsterdam and Ivory are some of the best for sophomores and juniors. As for freshman Thurston was a great experience, but it was not clean. All dorms have private bathrooms except for Mitchell which also happens to be all single rooms.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: There are so many options. I'm a political science major and I love it. The professors are great and there are a wide variety of classes to take and obviously incredible internship opportunities.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Internships in DC are the best. The opportunities are endless and most places expect students to intern so the hours are not demanding and you get great experience. Most people have them during the semester!

1 College Sophomore

Weather: It is so cold. If you are not from somewhere where there is a lot of cold weather I would recommend not coming here. Even if it is snowing people will go out in nothing more than a mini skirt and heels.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: We don't really have campus dining. We have one dining hall but people generally only eat there freshman year because they have to. After freshman year people eat at Whole Foods. So you could say Whole Foods is the cafeteria technically which is amazing.

College Sophomore

Parking: People do not have cars here because it is a city and parking is impossible and if you do drive it is expensive and you won't find a spot on campus.

College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid, but I have heard that it is fairly simple here if you do it on time.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: GWU is extremely diverse. There are people from all types of ethnic/racial backgrounds and people are very inclusive regardless of your religion, sexual orientation, or political beliefs. As for religion, it is mostly a Jewish crowd but sometimes you will find someone who is not Jewish. The economic background at GWU is relatively homogenous. Most people are well off.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The typical student at GWU is Jewish and wealthy. Even though people say it doesn't matter if you aren't Jewish or wealthy it does. If you go out for the weekend be prepared to Uber and either pay cover at a bar/club or pay for drinks once you're inside. Guys and girls are similar. Both dress well and are interested in going out and partying. As for relationships, those are rare. People mostly hook-up or consistently hook-up with someone for a while without dating. As for interests GWU is very diverse so you can find just about anyone with the same interests as you.

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College Sophomore

Parking: i bike so i dont know

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: ongoing process for finding houseing

4 College Sophomore

Majors: interview required, cool interviewers though

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel confident I would be looked after

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College Freshman

Athletics: I am not athletic. The basketball facility is really nice.


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David Glidden
Fuquay-Varina, NC
International Affairs (Spanish minor)
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Students at GW tend to complain a lot about the pricey tuition, lack of school spirit, perhaps unnecessary new facilities, and excessive nickel-and-diming. However, most students stay at GW for four years—GW’s retention rate is 91 percent. Many students are also upset about how GW compares academically to other schools, and that the science labs and facilities are run-down and old. GW students want the best and sometimes the University does not live up to their expectations.

Although GW provides students with a large variety of entertaining on-campus activities, students can also go off campus and enjoy the city. The University’s location in DC makes most GW students’ experiences worthwhile and interesting. GW would not be the same, nor as wonderful, if it were not located in DC. The city adds life, variety, and uniqueness to the campus environment. Students have the opportunity to land incredible internships while taking classes. The city also offers countless off-campus shows, productions, sporting events, restaurants and bars, museums, and (of course) the monuments to visit. Washington is the perfect college town because it attracts young people from all over the country, gives students amazing opportunities, and is easy to manage. GW is a great place to be—most students are happy to spend their four years here.

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